Graduate Diploma in Church History

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Church History





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Catholic Theological College

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


One year full-time or up to three years part-time

Cost of study

The GDCH requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $14,400 for a full-time year (6 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Graduate Diploma in Church History enables students to access the historical record and study the primary sources of the Christian tradition. Students learn to apply the skills of historical methodology in the research and preparation of academic work in this discipline. It serves as a pathway to further study and a means of engaging the historical basis for the development of Christian theology. Graduates are equipped to articulate in a critical way the Church’s divergent historical contexts which have shaped Christian theology.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Church History:

  1. have a knowledge of the key texts and sources of the Christian tradition required for a critical study of Church history and its relationship to the development of Christian theology;
  2. have advanced research, analysis and communication skills applicable to the study of Church history and its contextual relationship to the development of the Christian tradition;
  3. apply research skills to the analysis and interpretation of Church history; to write coherently drawing on a range of appropriate historical and contemporary sources;
  4. apply critical historical and theological skills in clearly articulating insights from the study of Church history in various specialised contexts.

Follow on study


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.
Admissions for second semester 2018 close on Friday 20 July 2018.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Church History consists of 90 points comprised of 60 points in the discipline of Church History and a further 30 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field, 'Overseas students', in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for your course.